Gloria Carlson Hudson of Vestavia Hills, AL passed away March 15, 2023 a few days shy of her 100th birthday. She was born to Dorothy and George Carlson of Denver, Colorado, April 8, 1923. She attended Wichita State and the University of Colorado. She worked as the Librarian at Camp Carson at Colorado Springs, CO where she met the love of her life, James Wallace Hudson from Grenada, MS. After his service ended in WWII, they married March 17, 1946. They started their marriage in Alexandria, VA and moved to Birmingham, AL in 1946.
Gloria and Jim became members of Shades Valley Presbyterian in 1949. They were charter members of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She founded the church library and served as the Librarian for 15 years. She also served on the Chancel Committee for the church flowers. Gloria shared her talents by needlepointing the banners, chairs and kneeling benches for the church.
She was the last remaining charter member of the Coronets Dance Club and served as President 1971-72. Gloria was active in the Iris Garden and Ashland Garden Clubs serving as President of the latter.
Gloria and Jim were married for 56 years until his passing in 2002. Four years later Gloria married Richard Francis Paxton. They were married for 15 wonderful years. Richard passed away 2021.
She moved to Town Village Retirement Apartments where she served as an Ambassador never meeting a stranger. Gloria was very involved in all activities at Town Village especially dancing.
She was preceded by her parents, Dorothy and George Carlson; her sister, Joyce Carlson Lowdermilk; her first husband, James Wallace Hudson; grandson, Steven James Brast; and her second husband Richard Francis Paxton.
She leaves behind her daughter, Cynthia Hudson Eldredge (Ernie); son, George Wallace Hudson (Paula); granddaughter, Jeanine Brast Peerson; grandsons, Forest Wallace Hudson (Jessica) and Paul James Hudson; and great grandchildren, Ella Grace Brast, Carter James Brast, Lanier Paige Peerson, Major Cosby Hudson, Cooper Wallace Hudson, and Baylor Mayfield Hudson.
In lieu of flowers make donations to Aldridge Gardens.